Zac Goldsmith MP was invited to take part in the formal opening of a new all-weather pitch at Canbury Gardens in Kingston on Saturday the 9th March.
The pitch has been funded by Kingston Council after years of campaigning by local Councillors Cllr David Cunningham and Cllr Maria Netley and former Tudor Councillor Hugh Scantlebury and local groups such as CARA (Canbury Riverside Association). Sainsbury’s and Bevan’s Butcher kindly provided food for the opening.
Cllr Maria Netley said:
“Seven teams from the local schools took part in games to open the pitch. The final was won by Alexandra school and St Luke’s were the runners up, we also had the girls playing from Richmond Park club and from the Little League and the Wildcats basket ball team came and played the first game of basketball on the pitch.
Sounds like everyone had a really good time and we will almost certainly use the pitch next year and run the tournament again.”
Zac Goldsmith MP said:
“The pitch is a fantastic addition to the area and I want to thank Trevor Willis in particular for working on this for so many years. He has been helped along the way by Councillors David Cunningham and Maria Netley, and also former Councillor Hugh Scantlebury, and I thank them too. It was wonderful to see so many schools present at the launch, and I have no doubt these facilities will provide many years of use and enjoyment to the community. The vision was always to extend the facilities for young people, but also to provide fitness facilities for everyone. The Council has paid for the first stage, but round 2 is down to the community to raise the funds.”